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To John Murray   9 June 1880

Summary

Asks JM to provide Quarterly Journal of Science with five woodcuts from Climbing plants to illustrate an article, based on that work, by Francis Darwin [see 12462].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 June 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 368–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12625

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   9 June 1880 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 368–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 June 1880 John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Darwin, Francis. 1880d. Climbing …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To R. F. Cooke   23 April [1880]

Summary

His family shake heads in dismal manner at his proposed title for his MS: "The Circumnutating Movements of Plants". Makes several other suggestions [none of which was adopted].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  23 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 366–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12588

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 366–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Apr [1880] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To John Murray   11 June 1880

Summary

Asks John Murray to allow R. F. Charles to quote Journal of researches passages in a school text-book [Relfe Brothers model reading-books … in prose and verse (1880–3)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 June 1880
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12628F

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 June 1880 …
  • … Private collection Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June 1880 John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … Asks John Murray to allow R. F. Charles to quote Journal of researches passages in a …
  • … of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. …

To R. F. Cooke   20 October 1880

Summary

CD promised Reinwald the clichés [for Movement in plants] at cost, so he is to be charged £10. Eduard Koch should be charged £25, since CD’s books sell well in Germany – but Koch must not know the French have them for £10.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 376–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12769

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 376–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 Oct 1880 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray

To R. F. Cooke   8 November [1880]

Summary

Thanks RC for telling him about sale of 600 copies [of Movement in plants]. He had expected less, so loss will not be as heavy as he feared. Asks whether he should not have 250 more copies printed and what it would cost to have the type kept up.

Instructions for presentation copies.

The index is the worst ever published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  8 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 378–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12804

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 378–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Nov [1880] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To R. F. Cooke   20 November 1880

Summary

Likes appearance [of Movement in plants].

The Times review should sell a few more copies.

Thanks Murray for present of volumes by Charles St John [A tour in Sutherlandshire, 2 vols. (1849?)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  20 Nov 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 380–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12832

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 380–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 Nov 1880 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
  • … a few more copies. Thanks Murray for present of volumes by Charles St John [ A tour in …

To John Murray   10 July 1880

Summary

Asks advice on size of printing for Movement in plants. Expects it to sell a few copies for some years. Asks price of paper and of printing of 250 copies. Sends instructions for the index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 July 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 370–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12651

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   10 July 1880 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 370–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 July 1880 John Murray
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To John Murray   13 June [1880]

Summary

Letter of introduction for R. B. Litchfield.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 June [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 60–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9491

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To John Murray   13 June [1880] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. …
  • … 60–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 June [1880] John Murray

To R. F. Cooke   16 October 1880

Summary

C. Reinwald wishes to publish a French translation [of Movement in plants] but is doubtful on account of cost. CD wants to supply him with stereotypes of the 195 cuts at prime cost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  16 Oct 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 375)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12761

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 375) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 Oct 1880 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   3 March 1880

Summary

Three hundred copies of Erasmus Darwin remain from the 1000 printed. Demand is small.

Should 250 copies of Forms of flowers be printed before type is distributed?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 503
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12506

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 503 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 3 Mar 1880 Charles …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Forms of flowers 2d ed. : The …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   12 June 1880

Summary

Matters related to Climbing plants

and reprint [1880] of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 505
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12631

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 505 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 June 1880 …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Darwin, Francis. 1880d. Climbing …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Journal of researches (1860): …
  • … of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. …

To R. F. Cooke   21 July 1880

Summary

CD will take the risk and the loss of Movement in plants on his own shoulders. He will have 1000 copies printed and, on RC’s advice, will charge 15s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  21 July 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 374)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12665

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 374) Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 July 1880 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray

To R. F. Cooke   16 July 1880

Summary

CD had intended to pay costs of publishing Movement in plants because he did not think it fair that Murray should risk publishing a purely scientific work. He would certainly prefer publishing on the usual terms if JM decided to do so. The book contains much new and curious matter, but there are very few persons in England interested in physiological botany.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  16 July 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 372–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12658

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 372–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 July 1880 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray

From R. F. Cooke   15 July 1880

Summary

Movement in plants will be 600 pages. Does CD wish to publish at own expense or on the usual terms with Murray? Estimates expense of printing and possible profit.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 506
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12654

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 506 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 15 July 1880 …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …

From R. F. Cooke   10 November 1880

Summary

Movement in plants needs only the index. Distressed by CD’s dissatisfaction with the indexer.

Eight hundred copies have now been sold. Type will be kept up.

Decision on printing additional copies should await reviews.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 512
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12807

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 512 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 10 Nov 1880 …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. …

From R. F. Cooke   27 April 1880

Summary

His publishers are as puzzled as CD about what the title of his new book [Movement in plants] should be. Sends a tentative one in proof [missing].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 504
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12590

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 504 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 27 Apr 1880 …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   20 July 1880

Summary

RC estimates that 1000 copies of Movement in plants if sold at 14s would produce a profit of £6. Might more be printed, or the price raised?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 507
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12664

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 507 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 20 July 1880 …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   2 September 1880

Summary

Has CD made arrangements with D. Appleton for Movement in plants? CD’s instructions about the index have been forwarded.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 508
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12704

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 508 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 2 Sept 1880 …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   4 November 1880

Summary

If every copy [of Movement in plants] is sold at 15s, CD will lose about £50.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 510
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12794

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 510 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 4 Nov 1880 Charles …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   5 November 1880

Summary

Six hundred copies of Movement in plants were wanted [at Murray’s annual sale] – a good start.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 511
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12798

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 511 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St 5 Nov 1880 Charles …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
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John Murray

Summary

Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

Matches: 11 hits

  • … was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, …
  • … his name and in 1768 acquired a publishing house. The third John Murray, who followed his father as …
  • … house; the seventh sold the business in 2002. The  John Murray Archive  was acquired by the  …
  • … University Library  a similar number of letters from John Murray and Robert Cooke, his cousin and …
  • … had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the second John Murray, to open negotiations with his …
  • … began the business relationship between Charles Darwin and John Murray. Darwin’s next …
  • … . Again he asked Lyell to act as his intermediary with John Murray ( Letter 2437 ), who, without …
  • … had paid Darwin profits of nearly £3000. The third John Murray made a successful business …
  • … ). Darwin’s next publishing project with John Murray in 1869 was a translation into English …
  • … in the  Quarterly Review , a magazine published by John Murray.The pamphlets were not primarily …
  • … his orders ( Letter 8616 ). However, when Robert Cooke, John Murray’s cousin, went round to …

List of correspondents

Summary

Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

Summary

The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Variation . In March Darwin wrote to his publisher, John Murray, ‘Of present book I have 7 …
  • … forward, except the last & concluding one’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). In …
  • … will be ready for the press in the autumn’ ( letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ). In early …
  • … ‘I am never idle when I can do anything’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). It was not …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

Summary

Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … of the size of the two-volume work from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 …
  • … is as good as praise for selling a Book’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 January [1867] ). A …
  • … to translate  Variation . Indeed, he told his publisher, John Murray, in a letter of 4 April …
  • … time it took William Sweetland Dallas to prepare the index. John Murray had engaged Dallas and …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

Summary

'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after …
  • … photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murray’s assistant, the excitable …
  • … of the booksellers, encouraged an originally cautious John Murray to gamble on the book’s success: & …
  • … attractive dishes in his `Literary Banquet’ (letters from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and 9 …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from E. A. Darwin, 17 [March 1874] ). He tried to persuade John Murray to publish a second edition …
  • … authority on marriage customs in  Descent  ( see letter John Murray, 9 May [1874] ). He …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

Summary

For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … a larger target audience were also made.  Darwin persuaded John Murray to include a glossary of …

Women as a scientific audience

Summary

Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … chapters of Origin of Species to his publisher, John Murray. He hopes that his views are …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

Summary

The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … ‘a windbag full of metaphysics & classics’ ( letter to John Murray, 13 April [1871] ). …
  • … he suspected that very few would actually sell (letters to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and …

Origin

Summary

Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … In late March, Lyell had a word with his own publisher, John Murray, who had already published …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

Summary

The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Lyell, 28 March [1859] ). Lyell suggested the firm of John Murray, publishers of the second edition …
  • … letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The …
  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 28 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 10 September [1859] ), but …
  • … would change their minds without good cause.’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

Summary

1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … buy it. When he submitted the manuscript to his publisher, John Murray, he boasted: ‘I can say with …
  • … in the least , whether the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his …

St George Jackson Mivart

Summary

In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … also wondering whether he should break off relations with John Murray, his own publisher and also …
  • … courteous response, agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). …
  • … having been used in a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

Summary

The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … domestication . Having been advertised by the publisher John Murray as early as 1865, the two …
  • … in the British Museum, agreed about the authorship. John Murray thought it was by Gray himself, but …
  • … me in the face, but not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

Summary

‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … .’ Hooker also directed some of his anger toward John Murray, the publisher of the …
  • … to pay the costs for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

Summary

The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of On …
  • … On 21 February Darwin received notification from John Murray that stocks of the third edition of  …
  • … out, ‘business would be totally paralysed’. Similarly, John Murray gave as a reason for his decision …
  • … ‘gaieties travelling & War Bulletins’ ( letter from John Murray, 18 July 1866 ). I …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … “for Heaven knows when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping …
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